Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Series Book Review, Giveaway: Water Series by Elizabeth York

Title: Water Wishes
Series: Water Series Book #2
Author: Elizabeth York
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 6, 2016

Candice Monroe had a fiance Chase Matson who she thought was dead. After his funeral she found comfort in the arms of his partner, Jason Monroe. This new yet old love led her down an aisle as wedding bells sang. 
Shock and dismay hit as her deceased fiance stood alive and well in the back of the church as she said her vows. 
People she thought were dead are very much alive. Love she thought she lost was merely buried under pain. Not being able to grasp the emotional turmoil Candice does what she does best... runs. 
Will she ever stop running?
Which man will she choose?
Can she be the hero or will she become a victim as the game of rush and roulette began on her life before she even knew it had.


My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Book 1 - Wishing on the Water

“I had never heard of a toasting farewell until my mom’s funeral.  People went to dinner and everyone ordered a shot; they drank to her arrival in heaven.  They drank to her no longer being in pain.  They drank to seeing her again one day.  I wondered what the point was, but it seemed to help my dad, so I went with it and toasted ‘cheers’ with the apple juice in my cup, too.”

“Phrases that began that way never ended well.  I always cringed at those words.  Can we talk?  Yea I hit your car.  Can we talk?  I killed your dog.  Or my favorite one: Can we talk?  I hate you.  Whatever was at the end of her sentence wouldn’t be good.”

“I am not dumb, Jax.  I see the photos online.  I was in your house when she was trying to check you for strep throat with her tongue.”

“We can either jump on the bed like children or rock it like adults!”

“You went from beating someone up to being flirty.  I swear you women are like rollercoasters.  I never know which way you’re going to go next.”

Book 2 – Water Wishes

“I wanted to make her fertilizer and plant a rose garden over her, but I was going to be the bigger person.”

“Chase seemed to pop up like a pimple on prom night.  Always in the wrong place at the wrong time, and you don’t know how the hell he got there.”

“My mom used to say if something is weighing on you.  Then go watch something worse and you will be grateful for the minor issue you started with.”

My Review:

I struggled in determining how to rate this series.  This series is what I would consider an angsty and melancholy read, which, admittedly, is not my cup of tea - despite the occasional humor and delicious sensual scenes.  I suffered more than a bit from the constant angst as well as a case of whiplash from the heinous back and forth and selfish behavior of one of the most unlikable main characters I can ever recall.  However, the story was also intriguing, compelling, steamy, and well written, some much so and to my consternation - I could not stop reading it! 

The story line was up and down - full of broken promises, regrets, betrayal, guilt, resentment, and jealousy; yet tempered with smoking hot and steamy bits, fun humor, and witty banter during the up periods.  My biggest issue was with the main character of Candice – she was a deplorable person and a general asshat… I had a hard time caring about her.  She was immature and extremely selfish, and caused considerable pain to everyone who cared about her as her default setting was that of an escape artist.  However, I did enjoy her sense of humor and her periods of “thinking with her writer brain.” I snorted and totally agreed with the observation she made of herself when she noted, “I sounded like a trailer park reality series.”  Yes! Spot on!  Poor Jax, I wondered if he was a masochist as the delicious man just kept letting her wound him, she must have had magical lady bits. 

Book 1 ended in a wicked cliffhanger that I would have been fuming about and stomping my little foot had I not already had Book 2 loaded on my precious kindle -  so - be warned. 

Empress DJ

Up and coming author Elizabeth York has been writing for about seven years. Located in the southeast, she spends her days drinking sweet tea on the porch with her laptop in hand. She has devoted her life to her family and her books. With the loss of her Father to cancer in 2010 she makes "Dear Daddy" dedication pages in each book and donates 10% royalties to cancer research.
Take the time to get to know the characters and you will love them as much as she does.


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